Welcome to our wedding website! We’ve designed this site to give you as much information about our big day as possible. Have fun exploring the site and finding all the information you might need about the venue, where to stay, travel, catering and more that we can’t fit on a traditional invitation! If there's anything you need to know that isn't on here, don't hesitate to get in touch using the ‘contact’ button at the top right of this page.
Meanwhile, the countdown is on!!
It was a cold, wet January day in 2014. Matthew was back home in England during a break in his busy tour schedule, and Francesca was training huskies in Austria. With the wonder of modern day internet dating, Matt found Frankie online via a popular website. After reading her rather detailed profile he decided to message her immediately. That lunchtime Francesca flipped open her laptop and read his message. She immediately liked what she read too.
About a million messages later, a couple of Skype dates, a growing sense of excitement, and a flight back to the UK - they finally met. They knew that this time, things were different and the connection was incredible. Not even a week later and they were officially an item, much to the shock of friends and family!
Cue December 2015, and then this happened...
And so we end up here, planning an event with our nearest and dearest which will mark the beginning of the rest of forever together.
Ah gifts! We'll make this easy for you - we really REALLY REEEALLLYYY don't want gifts. We sadly don't have a home to put anything in, and no means to store stuff so please don't buy us things! Unfortunately, they will be sold on, donated, or given away. We recognise that especially for those coming from far away, simply attending our wedding will already entail spending money on travel and accommodation. Many of our friends are already contributing their skills, time, effort and energy to this event, and for the gift of your participation we thank you.
To make it easier for the more traditional gift givers among you, or if you cannot attend but still want to treat us, we have set up this gifting page! All we want right now is a wedding and a house, and seeing as there is no way we are going to ask anyone for a house, we'd LOVE your help to build our wedding and send us away on a honeymoon. If you would like to contribute to the start of our marriage in this way, we would be eternally grateful.
Here the details for a direct and easy bank transfer:
Bank = Natwest
Account number: 10797912
Sort Code: 55-70-02
Just remember to add your name the transfer notes (either online or to the cashier at the bank) so we know who you are and can say thank you! Failing all that, you are welcome to send other forms of gift money directly to our current address: 8 Woodville Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1LT.
Additionally, if any of our family & friends would like to give us a 'skill' in place of a gift, or take on some tasks on the day, please get in touch with your ideas and offers! It would help us more than you know! Thank you so so much, M&F. xx
There is only one thing we really want you to wear at our wedding – ladies: the most wacky, colourful, zany, and unique fascinator/headpiece you can find/make; and men: the most wacky, colourful, zany, and unique boutonniere you can find/make.
We cannot wait to look upon the sea of crazy little accessories on our guests! Other than that, our day is all about love, having fun and being comfortable. There is no theme other than ‘wear what you love’. A wedding is always a great excuse to smarten up and look dapper or glamourous which we would gladly welcome, but if you want to arrive in fancy dress, or your birthday suit, go ahead!
Want to pick your clothing to match our wedding colours? You are more than welcome! Go for dark greens, golds and rich ‘wine and berry tones’. Here is a colour palette for you visual absorbers out there.
As much as we would love to have our full quota of guests to the ceremony and the Post-Vow Chow; space and budget constraints meant it was impossible to do so. Instead we decided to keep the daytime part small and intimate, with the main bulk of the merriment happening in the evening. As our treasured evening guests, you will be provided with a fantastic two course meal, entertainment, snacks, banter, cake, and some free drinks on us to thank you for joining in our celebrations. And let’s face it, the after-party is the most fun part of the day! We are very much looking forward to seeing you.
Unfortunately not. Our costs are per head, and we only have enough room in our venue and budget for the persons named on their invites and no others, so therefore we respectfully insist you don’t bring anyone extra with you.
Sorry, we are unable to extend our invitation to any children. Please organise some childcare back home and come and join us for relaxed grown up time! You deserve it.
While a wedding is not always the easiest thing to make eco-friendly, we were determined to try our hardest to reduce the impact of ours.
Keeping the ceremony and the reception in one place was a start, as it reduces transport needs. Our ‘save-the-date’ was in video form to save paper. This wedding website saves a lot of paper inserts being added to our postal invitations, by centering all the information in one place.
Catering was one area we felt we could make the biggest eco choices. We chose catering providers who specifically do not use palm oil, and who sourced as much of their sustainable, free-range, and fresh produce from local places as possible. For example, our main day caterers Pickle Shack, source at least 80% of their ingredients from within a 10 mile radius of your venue, and although the rest is from further afield, it must come from ethical and sustainable roots. While we didn’t feel confident enough to go meat free with all of our wedding food, we did decide to make all our canapes and starter options for the Wedding Breakfast vegetarian, thus cutting down on meat industry related pollution. We also worked with Pickle Shack to specifically design a delicious veggie main meal option, in the hopes that people would be tempted to choose it even if they are carnivorous! :D
Our evening caterers are local businesses, who also source locally, don’t use palm oil, and provide biodegradable containers and utensils. We are not having any disposable one-use plastic foodware on site, and any drinking straws will be traditional paper ones.
Other things include:
Parts of the brides outfit are preloved;
Our bands are local;
The flowers and foliage are locally grown and in season;
We ask that people who wish to bring confetti make sure it is natural and biodegradable;
Lots of the decorations will be homemade and reusable;
Friends and family are chipping in with skills and favours;
Francesca’s makeup is ethical and cruelty free;
and we are seriously asking not to be bought gifts to reduce waste;
The invitations are printed on 100% recycled paper.
Ah alcohol! The foundation stone of any good party. During the day and running into the evening, we have Motion Pitchers running the alcohol show for us. The first two drinks at the bar are on us (you’re welcome!), after which you are encouraged to purchase using cash or card. Drinks are about the same price as a typical Spoons, so no need to take out a loan!
We have a couple of very cool bands playing throughout the evening, and then a mixed track set to finish the night off. We will have a photo booth with props, and a ‘video diary’ room for you to leave messages. There is a games room with a gigantic snooker table, and a separate ‘chill out’ area. Also, the venue has a lake and a swimming pool on site (unheated)…… after all, skinning dipping is certainly rather entertaining! We also have a few other surprises in store.
We are lucky enough to have a professional website designer for a friend. He very kindly offered to design our wedding website as a gift and we are extremely grateful. We’ve also used his designs in our wedding stationary.
It is very much an online world these days. Matthew and Frankie met online, and their first formative conversations were all via email. Hashtags are a fabulous way of bringing all aspects of social media activity into one convenient place. Whenever a person adds a hashtag to their posts, it is immediately indexed by the social network and searchable by others. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, they’ll be brought to a page that aggregates all of the posts with the same hashtagged keyword in real-time.
Essentially, it makes the content of your post accessible to all people involved with our wedding as a continuous newsfeed of the day’s events. If our guests should want to post anything about our day onto sites like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (feel free to do so!), we would ask them to include the hashtag #frathew2017 to all their content so that once the weekend is over, we can look back through all those comments and photos in one place and really see the story of the day through your eyes.
Also, family and friends who cannot attend our wedding can see all the cool stuff happening and get involved with the content, which would mean the world to us! Think of it as a modern digital guestbook that we, and indeed all of you, can look back on with just a click.
Ah well, you’ll see on the day
Absolutely! We’d love you to be involved with taking photos and videos of the event from your eyes, and look forward to seeing them afterwards via sites like Facebook and also our on-site uploading station! The one part of the day that we kindly ask you not to use your phones or cameras, is our ceremony. We’ve hired professional photographers who will be responsible for capturing this part of the day for us. So please sit back, let them do all the hard work, remain unplugged, and be with us in the moment of our I Do’s.
Although a wedding is a traditional, ancient sort of affair, there are certain elements to our celebrations that are far from traditional. We have an eclectic mix of close friends from both genders and therefore the standard roles of bridesmaids and groomsmen simply wouldn't work for us. Instead, we created a team to help us out! Please familiarise yourself with these glorious faces, as they will be your points of contact for any questions, directions or information. Say hello to the Matrimony Homies!
One of Frankie’s oldest and closest friends, Michelle has been a shoulder and ear for the bride over the years. She is highly organised, sassy, and a lot of fun to be around.
Likes = cats, Harry Potter and Ronan Keating.
Dislikes = ponchos, and wet socks.
One of Matt’s oldest and closest friends. Rita and Matt have been friends since dinosaurs ruled the earth. She has been witness to many drunken shenanigans with the groom.
Likes = The Specials, and black clothing.
Dislikes = Manchester United.
Adam is another old friend of Frankie’s from school. An all-around great guy (and also ‘Other Plans’ in our save-the-date video), nothing is ever too much trouble, and the man cooks a mean lasagne.
Likes = cycling, DIY and Mexican food.
Dislikes = webpage pop-up adverts.
Chrisie joined the ranks through becoming the wife of Adam (above) and was an instant hit with the group. She is super intelligent and a sucker for chocolate fuelled action movie nights.
Likes = cats, Xbox and camping.
Dislikes = people that say ‘nufink’ instead of ‘nothing’.
thick as thieves with Matt, Alex is the only calm normal person of the group! A closet hipster, he is full of interesting stories and knows everything there is to know about drones and photography.
Likes = beer, classic cars, and burlesque.
Dislikes = vegans.
aka ‘The Confuser’, is the most zany character from our group. Previous drum tech to Matt and also ‘Bad Excuses’ in our save-the-date video, Tom is a dab hand at DIY and an excellent cosplayer.
Likes = gaming, tech, and Jack Daniels.
Dislikes = the build-up of that stuff you get on your fingers when you eat Twiglets.
a very old friend of the bride, Justine was a facilitator of much bad behaviour during school years! She is always up for adventure, fun and wine fuelled movie evenings.
Likes = cats, sunshine, comics.
Dislikes = people who leave the price stickers on the bottom of their shoes.
Rosie is the golden heart of the group, with a very bubbly friendly nature. She is passionate about animals and Take That, and she never ever arrives on time for anything.
Likes = cats, Channing Tatum, and chick flicks.
Dislikes = walking into a room and forgetting why you went in there.
Kally rarely fails to turn up to social events or parties, like the social butterfly she is! A creative writer and fellow Japan travel companion to Frankie, Kally is always willing to help out.
Likes = comics, J-pop, and sci-fi movies.
Dislikes = spider tornadoes.
All good weddings begin with the stag and hen parties! Come back here later in the year to see evidence of these (probably shameful) events.